Galatasaray: Sneijder valuation scared off Man Utd & Monaco

The Turkish outfit’s president revealed that the side are yet to receive any offers for the Dutchman, whom coach Cesare Prandelli has insisted is an important part of his team

Galatasaray have scared off reported suitors Monaco and Manchester United for Wesley Sneijder, according to club president Unal Aysal.

The playmaker’s coach under Netherlands at the World Cup, Louis van Gaal, has taken over at Manchester United – whom have long been linked with a move from the 30-year-old – but are rumoured to have baulked at Sneijder’s €22 million release clause.

Monaco are hardly short on cash, however, and their bank accounts will be newly lined with the €80 million they received from Real Madrid for James Rodriguez on Tuesday.

But Aysal confirmed that offers have not yet been tabled for Sneijder or his Galatasaray team-mate Fernando Muslera, who was Uruguay’s goalkeeper at the 2014 World Cup, this summer.

“With regards to Muslera and Sneijder we have not received an offer for either player,” Aysal told Turkish-Football.com. “Both these players are very important to our team and as a result we value them accordingly.

“We won’t release these players for any less than our asking price and that has scared a few interested parties away.

“If a club wants either of these players they are going to have to pay up as we are obliged to listen to any offers which meet their release clause. If their release clause is activated there is nothing we can do.”

New Galatasaray coach, Cesare Prandelli, stressed that Sneijder is part of his plans and says he is working towards finding the perfect balance to form a championship-winning team.

“I consider Sneijder a very important member of my team,” he told reporters. “In training, all of the players are proving very helpful, which makes me very happy.

“Our goal is to build a winning team – we want to have the right balance between defence and attack, and to build a team that will do well against any opponent. I am convinced I made the right choice coming to Galatasaray.”

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Evra raring to go at Juventus

The Frenchman is delighted to have completed his transfer to Turin and is certain he has made the right decision


Patrice Evra is raring to go following his transfer to Juventus from Manchester United on Monday.

The 33-year-old signed for the Bianconeri on a two-year contract following eight years at Old Trafford, and is confident of success with the Italian champions.

“My transfer to Juventus at this stage of my career is the right thing to do so I can continue challenging myself and strive to improve,” he told Sky Sport 24.

“Juventus are a great club, and I can’t wait to be part of the team and to contribute to the successes that have always been part of their history.”

Evra began his career in Italy with Marsala and then Monza, and is Juve’s second signing in a number of days following the arrival of Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.

Udinese’s Roberto Pereyra is expected to join Evra and Morata in Turin imminently.

'Manchester United will always remain in my heart' – Evra

The 33-year-old is convinced that the club will go on to win silverware in the near future and insists the decision to leave Louis van Gaal’s side was the hardest of his career


Patrice Evra has expressed his thanks to Manchester United supporters following his decision to leave the club for Serie A champions Juventus.

The 33-year-old completed his €1.9 million switch to the Italian giants on Monday and is adamant that United will get back to winning trophies after a difficult 2013-14 campaign.

He wrote, in a statement posted on the club’s official website: “After a great deal of thought I have decided the time is right for me to leave Manchester United. It is the biggest decision of my career as this club is, and will always remain, in my heart.

“Joining and playing for Manchester United has been a privilege, a dream come true and my time here has been so memorable. Through the good times and the bad times we have all stuck together and remained loyal. I have always said you don’t just join Manchester United, you join the family and long may that tradition continue.

“This club is steeped in history and I feel privileged to have become a part of that. Over the past nine years I have met and worked with some incredible people, many of whom will remain friends for life. I would like to thank everyone at the club – teammates, coaches and in particular all the staff who made every single day in Carrington or at Old Trafford a special day.

“An immense thank you to Sir Alex Ferguson for making it all possible, for giving me the privilege to be a captain, to be inspired by the legend of Manchester United and to understand that nobody is bigger than the club.

“My biggest thanks go to the fans. We have had some fantastic times together, we lifted all of those trophies together and that night in Moscow will live with us all forever. Every single time I stepped out in that shirt I knew I was playing for the badge and for a very special club.

“My passion for this club will live on and I know you guys will go on to enjoy more success in the coming seasons.”

Official: Evra completes Juventus move

The France international has signed a two-year deal with the Serie A champions, putting an end to a trophy-laden nine-season spell at Old Trafford


Juventus have completed the signing of Patrice Evra from Manchester United in a £1.5 million deal.

The 33-year-old, who signed a new one-year contract with United in May, has committed to a two-year deal with the Serie A champions.

Evra’s departure leaves £30 million signing Luke Shaw as the only specialist left-back in United’s first-team squad, after Alexander Buttner moved to Dynamo Moscow.

On the announcement of the move, Evra told United’s official website: ”After a great deal of thought I have decided the time is right for me to leave Manchester United.

“It is the biggest decision of my career as this club is, and will always remain, in my heart.”

Juventus have revealed they will pay an initial fee of £1.2m in two installments, followed by an additional £300,000 should they finish in the Champions League qualification places next season.

Evra is the fourth decorated United veteran to leave the squad this summer, after Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand signed for Inter and QPR respectively and Ryan Giggs announced his retirement from the game.

The Frenchman made 379 appearances in a trophy-laden nine-season spell at Old Trafford, scoring 10 goals.

James volley versus Uruguay voted best goal of the World Cup

The Golden Boot recipient at Brazil 2014 has picked up another accolade, this time for his sublime effort in his country’s last-16 win over the Celeste


James Rodriguez’s first strike in Colombia’s 2-0 World Cup win over Uruguay has been voted goal of the tournament, ahead of Robin van Persie’s headed equaliser for Netherlands in their 5-1 win over Spain.

The Monaco star – who is expected to complete his €88 million move to Real Madrid this week – controlled a looped header from Juan Cuadrado with his chest before turning and volleying home via the underside of the crossbar from 20 yards out to give Jose Pekerman’s men the lead after 28 minutes of play.

James doubled his tally with a tap-in from close range after the break to help Colombia to a quarter-final meeting with Brazil, which they would eventually lose 2-1.

The 23-year-old was one of the undisputed stars of the tournament and netted six goals in five games to scoop up the Golden Boot award ahead of Germany forward Thomas Muller.

James becomes the third successive South American winner of the goal of the World Cup award, which is organised by Fifa’s official website, with Argentina’s Maxi Rodriguez having triumphed in 2006 and Diego Forlan collecting the trophy four years later.